The UW recognized seven students from the Department of Bioengineering for the 2020 Husky 100, an honor awarded to extraordinary juniors, seniors and graduate students who are making meaningful contributions at the University of Washington and beyond.
Undergraduates Anna Craig, Sofia Jepson, Amanda An Nguyen, Parker Ruth, Vidhi Singh and Eric Yang, and Ph.D. student Trey Pichon Students are among 100 students selected from across UW’s three campuses based on their experience connecting what happens inside and outside of the classroom and applying what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future.
In its fifth year, the Husky 100 honors students who show passion, leadership and commitment to inspire all at UW to shape their own Husky Experience. Students are selected based upon their demonstration of a mindset of discovery, commitment to fostering an inclusive community, capacity for leadership, readiness for life’s next steps and willingness to experience learning beyond the classroom.
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Joining the Greek community empowered me to start my journey as a bioengineer, passionate about making a difference in global communities. As a woman in STEM, I believe it is my responsibility to provide mentorship and expand women’s access to such fields. Going forward as a Husky 100 and beyond, I hope to further impact the global health space using computer science and information management while serving as a role model for young women.
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
At UW I have pursued opportunities that have exposed me to different disciplines and perspectives and helped me grow as a learner and a leader. I have supported others as a Resident Advisor and an Engineering Peer Educator while growing my passion for biology through research in the Dr. David L. Mack lab. While the future is excitingly unclear, I strive to one day work in STEM education to share my love of science while providing a supportive community to students of all backgrounds.
Amanda An Nguyen
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Through diverse experiences such as assisting nurses at Harborview Medical Center, conducting research and teaching, I honed an interdisciplinary perspective on bioengineering. As a UTokyo Amgen Scholar, I worked alongside an international community of researchers, an opportunity that instilled in me the importance of global collaboration. I strive to be an advocate for global citizenship within the field of biomedical research and a mentor that supports the goals of first-generation students like myself.
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Drawing on my industry experience developing medical devices, I mentor students at UW through Bioengineers Without Borders and as a teaching assistant for a study abroad program, Bioengineering Nepal. To impact the most patients with my drug delivery research, I strive to leverage global health fundamentals to understand the global burden of a disease and barriers to implement a technology. I see the need for a collaborative approach to innovation, and will continue to foster partnerships and promote diversity.
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
B.S. Computer Engineering, Bioengineering
As an engineer and researcher, I work to develop technologies that use novel hardware and software to expand access to healthcare. Research has transformed my Husky Experience by connecting me with communities in need and applying knowledge from my computer engineering and bioengineering courses. Through mentorship, teaching and service, I am sharing my passion for research with other students so that they can make the most of their Husky Experiences.
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
My time at UW is defined by the communities I entered: bioengineering, research and journalism. Learning within these networks, I know not to limit my curiosity to the job at hand, but to gain diverse perspectives by exploring, studying and learning from individuals with different backgrounds. The professional, personal and academic experiences I gained at UW have started my journey to a lifetime of work devoted towards improving the health of diverse communities as a physician researcher.
Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
B.S. Bioengineering, Applied Mathematics
Since entering the fields of bioengineering and applied mathematics, I have been fascinated by the tremendous impact that data science and computational tools have in driving medical innovation. At the UW, I have discovered my passion for people while contributing to cutting edge research in biomaterials and global health. As a Husky and beyond, I aspire to empower and inspire the next generation, collectively changing the world for the better.
These seven students join the following previous BioE Husky 100 recipients: undergraduates Caleb Ellington, Ritika Jain, Divya Lakshmanan, Sarah Slack, Mohammed Mushtak Talib and Renae Tessem (2019); undergraduates Robyn Langevin, Solomon Muche and Caleb Perez, and graduate students Nuttada Panpradist and Ty Youngblood (2018); undergraduates Camille Birch, David McIntyre, Connor Tsuchida and graduate students Shivani Gupta and Jonathan Tsui (2017);and undergraduates Ian Andrews, Krittika D’Silva, Natacha Comandante Lou, Anastasia Nicolov and Dominic Tran and graduate student Gary Liu (2016).